Biomedicine as a Cultural Entity (The Biomedical Narrative ("…
Biomedicine as a Cultural Entity
loss of symbolic value of biomedical figureheads
adoption of biomedical roles, with traditional healing integrated
taking only what is needed from biomedicine
Inclusion of the spiritual and mental wellbeing
"zebras" instead of "horses"
optimism as a form of healing
acceptance of the inadequate
Rapid interchange with other cultures
Dissolution or Weakening of Traditional Healing Forms
Connections to Christianity
Rituals of Biomedicine
The Scientific Method
Consuming medicine periodically
Donning of the White Coat or other medical clothing
The Biomedical Narrative
Often effective physical treatment regimens based on experiential evidence
Isolation of the Disease or Illness
Stripping away of the personal
Illness is to be treated and "cured"
Classification of the Physical and the "Physicalization" of the socio-cultural and spiritual
"Understanding of Death" vs "Understanding of Life"